Student Programs

Students, METROCON is the ideal place to kick-start your career in the Architecture & Design industry!

METROCON is large enough to familiarize yourself with a range of materials and manufacturers, but small enough to start establishing meaningful connections within the industry that you will likely have for the lifetime of your career.

We highly recommend that Students attend both days of the show as to take advantage of everything it has to offer.


As long as you register online to attend METROCON18 by 5:00 PM (CST) on Friday, August 3rd, then you can attend both days of the trade show and participate in Student Programs listed below for FREE. After that deadline, the fee is $10 online and on-site at the show. If you want to take any other programming - i.e., the Keynote, Seminars, or Continuing Education Courses - there are fees associated with those, however. View the free breakdown.

Thursday, August 9 | Taking place in the Middle of the Expo floor | Schedule:

► 7:30 AM - Check-In
► 8:00 AM - Program Review
► 8:30 AM - Concept Development
► 12:30 PM - Conclusion

Student Charrette

For the first time, we are hosting a Student Charrette! Members of the METROCON Committee are reaching out to regional interior design and architecture programs, asking them to nominate up to four students to participate in this invitation-only opportunity, which will involve a maximum of 40 students. Space is limited to the first 10 programs to respond.

Awards & Incentives

On Thursday afternoon, an esteemed panel of judges will select the winning designs. On Friday, all team entries will be on display, and the winners will be announced.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place teams will be recognized, with each member of the 1st Place team  receiving a $250 Amazon Gift Card.

We will take photographs of the winning teams and provide them to their respective academic programs, as well as to the winning participants, for use on social media, on academic and personal websites, in program newsletters, school newspapers, etc. in order to celebrate the students' success.

We will also publicize the winners and their respective academic programs on our website and on social media.


Friday, August 10 | Special Events Area | Schedule:

► 9:00 AM - Check-In & Breakfast
► 9:30 AM - Panel Discussion
► 10:45 AM - Start of Tours
► 12:30 PM - Conclusion of Tours

Panel Discussion & Trade Show Tours

Sponsored by ASID

How important are trade shows to the life of an interior designer? A panel of experienced design professionals will explain why they are so important to attend. These industry experts will give you insight on what questions to ask, how to evaluate products, and why it is so critical to your success to make connections and establish strong vendor relationships throughout your career.

After the panel discussion, you will break off into small groups, and each panelist will guide one group around the trade show floor. You will have key information to attain from each exhibitor specific to your tour in order to complete challenges and be entered into a drawing for prizes.